A story from the Providence (RI) Journal website Projo.com about a Rhode Island man reportedly faking a background check to conceal his criminal record so he could get hired as assistant coach of a girls’ High School volleyball team shows the lengths some jobseekers may go to conceal their criminal pasts during the hiring process. After attending practices without pay before the alleged fake background check was uncovered, the 53-year-old Cranston, RI man was arrested on charges of providing false documents to a public official.
According to the Providence Journal story, the prospective High School coach tried to skip the criminal background check portion of the application process for the coaching job that would have revealed his arrest for grand-theft auto in Florida and for obtaining money under false pretenses in Rhode Island. Police say the jobseeker sent an e-mail and a letter without letterhead, both allegedly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to school officials saying that he had a clean record and had no criminal history.
With approximately three out of four U.S. companies performing criminal background checks on job applicants according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), more job seekers with serious criminal pasts may try to fake criminal background checks. Employers wanting to ensure safe and profitable workplaces need to have a Safe Hiring Program (SHP) in place that includes criminal background checks, employment verifications, education verifications, and reference checks.
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a nationwide background check firm accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a non-profit trade association for the background screening industry. ESR’s founder and President, Attorney Lester Rosen, wrote ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening, and is a frequent speaker on employment screening issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program.
About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions. ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.